Granville Health System Foundation Recognizes Legacy of Gary Bowman with Dedication Ceremony of GHS Pharmacy

The Gary L. Bowman Pharmacy at Granville Medical Center Honors Mr. Bowman’s Devotion to Oxford Community

The GHS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, today held a dedication ceremony at Granville Health System (GHS) in downtown Oxford to honor Gary L. Bowman, a pharmacist, past GHS Foundation President and Oxford resident who passed away last year. The Granville Medical Center Pharmacy, a unit of Granville Health System, has been named in Mr. Bowman’s honor as “The Gary L. Bowman Pharmacy.”

The ceremony took place today at 12:15 P.M. with GHS Foundation Board members, Granville Health System executives and staff, and his wife Susan Bowman.

Mr. Bowman served as an officer of the Granville Health System Foundation for 17 years, serving as President for 12 of those years. He helped spearhead major fundraising campaigns, including the hospital’s ER expansion, purchase of diagnostic equipment, updating of medical facilities, and awarding the Sam Perry Scholarship to promising future health care professionals.

“Gary Bowman was deeply devoted to Granville Health System and to the wellness of the Oxford community, and it is with much joy and high regard that we dedicate The Gary L. Bowman Pharmacy at Granville Medical Center in his name and honor,” said John Burns, GHS Foundation President.

Mr. Bowman was highly engaged in the Oxford community. Upon graduating from The UNC-CH School of Pharmacy, he opened Professional Pharmacy of Oxford in 1994, which today is the only independent pharmacy in the area. He served as a trustee at Oxford United Methodist Church, President of the Oxford Rotary Club and Chair of the Rotary Foundation. In 2016, he was awarded the John Penn Citizen Award as Granville County’s citizen of the year. Mr. Bowman also received the Samuel B. Burris Award for Community Service for outstanding and unselfish civic, community and church volunteer service. He established the Gary and Susan Bowman Family Endowed Scholarship to support future generations of Carolina pharmacists.

About GHS Foundation

The mission of GHS Foundation is to serve as a charitable resource for Granville Health System, supporting its commitment to providing quality healthcare to all citizens of the Granville community. The GHS Foundation builds support for Granville Health System and provides financial resources to purchase new equipment, develop new services, maintain and improve facilities, and recruit new health professionals to Granville County. For more information about the GHS Foundation, please visit

About Granville Health System

For 100 years, Granville Health System (GHS) has been delivering quality healthcare close to home. To meet the growing needs of its community, GHS has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where its citizens work and live. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System, visit

[Photo: front and center: David Smith/GHS Board of Trustees Chairman (tan jacket), Susan Bowman (brown coat), and John Burns/GHS Foundation President (holding plaque), and members of GHS Foundation Board and GHS Staff.]